Pablo Sandoval’s hit-streak ties record set by the great Willie Mays
In the second game of a double-header vs. the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants slugger hit a two-run homerun to tie with Hall of Famer Willie Mays.
The Homerun pushed Sandoval’s current hit streak to 16 games, which according to Elias Sports Bureau, ties Willie Mays for the longest hit-streak by a Giant to the start the year.
Willie Mays previously set the record to start the 1960 season. The record had stood for an amazing 52 years until yesterday. This hit-streak comes in the first game since the Giants snapped David Wrights league-leading hit streak at 13 games on Friday evening.
The rare irony is that Sandoval tied Mays against the New York Mets, the only other team besides the Giants that Mays played for in his 19 year career.Sandoval passed the accomplishment off as just a product of playing good baseball “I just try to help my team out there, try to do my best,” he said. “I’m having fun. And I think it’s one of those things: When you’re having fun every day, you’re going to have some success.”
His success is showing Sandoval is currently hitting .333/3/13 on the season while leading the giants in Slugging percentage as well.The record-setting performance comes after Sandoval underwent a Lasik Eye procedure on his left-eye during the off-season and the results are speaking for themselves.